The 33,000 SF Integrated Teaching and Learning Laboratory (ITLL) is an undergraduate teaching laboratory. The dominant force shaping the building's interior was the development of a progressive educational program designed to teach engineering by "doing" rather than studying abstract concepts. The building was developed to support an open-lab teaching environment for self-paced, interdisciplinary group studies. Teams of complementary engineering disciplines work together in lab modules, supported by a classroom that permits faculty spontaneous instruction. Freshmen occupy the upper-level classrooms with circulation and break-out study/socialization areas overlooking the open laboratory below. Here they are introduced to how they will learn when they are sophomores, further stimulating their interests in engineering. The building contains a laboratory, and is itself a laboratory; 200 gauges allow students to monitor the building's performance. The ITLL's exterior is a response to the Boulder campus architectural vernacular established by architect Charles Klauder and the college's architectural character. The design solution also included a link that connects the facility to the existing Engineering Center and includes group study rooms scheduled by students. klipp, a division of gkkworks, provided architectural services for this project.
Recipient of the Award of Excellence, American Concrete Institute, Rocky Mountain Chapter; and the Honor Award for Engineering Excellence, American Consulting Engineers Council of Colorado.